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Athletes' villages for PyeongChang 2018 finished

2017/12/15 14:40

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SEOUL, Dec. 15 (Yonhap) -- The athletes' living quarters for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics were finished Friday, with 56 days remaining until the start of the quadrennial competition.

The organizing committee for PyeongChang 2018 announced the completion of the PyeongChang Olympic Village and the Gangneung Olympic Village, two years and five months after their groundbreaking.

This aerial photo taken Dec. 15, 2017, shows the apartment buildings inside the PyeongChang Olympic Village in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the athletes' living quarters during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. PyeongChang organizers announced the completion of the village earlier in the day. (Yonhap) This aerial photo taken Dec. 15, 2017, shows the apartment buildings inside the PyeongChang Olympic Village in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, the athletes' living quarters during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. PyeongChang organizers announced the completion of the village earlier in the day. (Yonhap)

The PyeongChang Olympic Village will serve athletes competing in snow events taking place in the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul, and Jeongseon, about 20 kilometers south of the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster.

The Gangneung Olympic Village is about 20 kilometers east of the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster and will be the home to athletes competing in ice sports. Gangneung will host hockey, curling and all skating events during the Olympics inside the Gangneung Coasting Cluster.

According to the organizing committee, the PyeongChang Olympic Village features eight apartment buildings, each 15 stories high with 600 units in total. The Gangneung Olympic Village is made up of nine buildings, each from 22 to 25 stories tall, providing 922 units.

The PyeongChang village will be used for both the Winter Olympics and the Winter Paralympics. The Gangneung living quarters will only be in use for the Winter Olympics.

Each village is divided into a residential area, an athletes' plaza and an operations area, and includes banks, post offices, convenience stores, laundries, florists, beauty salons, fitness centers and multi-faith centers with prayer rooms.

The dining halls will serve Korean, Western and Asian cuisines, along with Halal and Kosher meals.

Officials for he 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics take part in the tape-cutting ceremony on Dec. 15, 2017, for the PyeongChang Olympic Village in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province. The village will serve as athletes' living quarters during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. PyeongChang organizers announced the completion of the village earlier in the day. (Yonhap) Officials for he 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics take part in the tape-cutting ceremony on Dec. 15, 2017, for the PyeongChang Olympic Village in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province. The village will serve as athletes' living quarters during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. PyeongChang organizers announced the completion of the village earlier in the day. (Yonhap)

The athletes' villages will officially open Feb. 1, eight days before the Olympic opening ceremony.

"With the completion of the Olympic Villages, all of our facilities for the Olympics are now finished," said Lee Hee-beom, top organizer for PyeongChang 2018. "We are doing our absolute best to ensure Olympic athletes from around the world can compete to the best of their abilities. The important thing from now on is for all of our people to enjoy the PyeongChang Olympics and help turn it into a festival for everyone."

  

These photos taken Dec. 15, 2017, show the different colors of blankets for athletes at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics inside the Olympic Villages. At top, the blue blankets are for athletes in ice events; at bottom right, the red blankets will be provided to athletes in snow events; and at bottom left, the aquamarine blankets will be given to Paralympic athletes. (Yonhap) These photos taken Dec. 15, 2017, show the different colors of blankets for athletes at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics inside the Olympic Villages. At top, the blue blankets are for athletes in ice events; at bottom right, the red blankets will be provided to athletes in snow events; and at bottom left, the aquamarine blankets will be given to Paralympic athletes. (Yonhap)

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